Best of Ethiopia, 29 days

This is a fine example of combining some of our suggested itineraries to a 'Best of Ethiopia' tour. It is actually a combination of 14 days to the north and 14 days to the south, complemented with a visit to Harar and Awash National Park in the east. What more do you want?

Day 1 (Sa) Addis Ababa

The Holy Trinity CathedralWe will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in. The first day we spent in the fascinating capital of the country: Addis Ababa. Depending on your time of arrival we take you on a half day or full day city tour visiting some sites of your choice like the Ethnographic Museum, National Museum, Trinity Cathedral, Mercato (the largest market of Africa) or the Entoto Hills just outside Addis Ababa.

Day 2 (Su) Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar, 553 km/ ~10,5 hr

After an early breakfast we leave Addis Ababa for a long drive to to the north. The journey leads us through the rolling hills of the Ethiopian Highlands where a lot of agricultural activity is taking place. We will enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue Nile Gorge on the way. Just before sunset we arrive in Bahir Dar.

Day 3 (Mo) Bahir Dar

Inside Uhre Kidane MihretToday we have a full day boat trip on Lake Tana to explore some of the beautiful churches. Before we are heading to the churches the boat takes us to the the source of the Blue Nile where we find many water birds and maybe a hippo. It is about one hour by boat to reach Zeghe Peninsula where we visit the most famous church Uhre Kidane Mehret. We enjoy a walk on the forested peninsula to the other churches and might meet monkeys and beautiful birds on the way. At the other side of the peninsula the boat is waiting and takes us to Kibran Gabriel Island (unfortunately women are not allowed) and finally back to Bahir Dar late afternoon. At the end of the day we enjoy the panoramic view and the sunset from Bezawit Hill.

(It is possible to visit churches further afield like on Dek Island)

Day 4 (Tu) Bahir Dar - Gondar, 174 km/ ~3 hr

The Blue Nile Falls near Bahir DarAfter an early breakfast we drive for about one hour to reach the small village of Tissisat. Here we enjoy a lovely walk in the cooler morning hours. We cross the Nile by the 17th century Portuguese Bridge and continue the walk to the falls, meeting local people on the way. After admiring the falls we cross the Nile by small boat to find our car waiting for us. We are heading back to Bahir Dar for lunch and proceed to our next destination Gondar.

Day 5 (We) Gondar - Simien Mountains, 122 km/ ~3 hr

The castle of FasilidasWe will spent the morning to visit the highlights of Gondar: the Royal Enclosure, Fasilidas Bath and Debre Birhan Selassie, the church with the angel faces painted on the ceiling. After lunch we proceed towards to Simien Mountains encountering spectacular scenery on the way as a good preparation for tomorrow. We enjoy the sunset at our destination the Simien Lodge.

(budget/ tourist class accommodation is available in Debark, a 45 minutes drive outside the park)

Day 6 (Th) Simien Mountains

A Gelada baboonThis is a full day visit to enjoy the natural beauty of the Simien Mountains. There are several opportunities to explore the park, on foot or by car. Depending on your interest and fitness we choose where to go. It is almost guaranteed you see the gelada baboon. The walia ibex and Ethiopian wolf are much more difficult to find.

(it is possible to add any number of days for additional hiking in the Simien Mountains)

Day 7 (Fr) Simien Mountains - Axum, 274 km/ ~10 hr

A long but spectacular day takes us to Axum. Just outside Debark we start our first decent down the Italian build Lima Limo road and the rest of the day goes up and down until we finally cross the Tekeze River gorge. The scenery is awesome.

Day 8 (Sa) Axum

The stelae fieldAxum is the place where facts and legends meet. Is the Ark of the Covenant found in Axum? We take you in the footsteps of the famous Queen of Sheba and Ezana, the emperor who converted to Christianity. You will see the spectacular stelae of Axum and visit the Maryam of Tsion churches. (unfortunately the old church is not open for woman). Many more sites are available to visit or you might take a couple of hours at leisure to digest your overwhelming experiences of Ethiopia.

Day 9 (Su) Axum - Mekele, 247 km/ ~5,5 hr

The Yeha Temple in TigrayToday we continue our journey through breathtaking scenery of Tigray. On the way we first visit the Yeha Temple, the oldest structure found in Ethiopia. En route to Mekele a small detour leads us to the Abreha Atsheba church, one of the best excamples of the rock-hewn churches of Tigray.

Instead of one of these places it is possible to visit Debre Damo, the monastery on the top of a cliff. Only accessible by a 15 meter long rope and unfortunately for men only.

(it is possible to add additional days to explore more of Tigray)

Day 10 (Mo)  Mekele - Lalibela, 335 km/ ~7,5 hr

A long but beautiful drive takes us to the highlight of your visit to Ethiopia: Lalibela. If the day goes smoothly and you feel energetic we might have time to visit Yemrehane Kristos church en route.

Day 11/ 12 (Tu/We) Lalibela

The Giyorges churchThe 12th century rock-hewn churches are the legacy of king Lalibela. It is said his visit to Jerusalem inspired him to build the 11 churches. A full day is necessary to get a good impression of these truly amazing places of worship.

There are quite a few options to spent the rest of our time. For example a visit to the Yemrehane Kristos church or a hike to the Asheton Maryam church. On Saturday there is the weekly market in town. Maybe you want to have some time at leisure too.

(it is possible to add additional days to explore more of Lalibela and the surrounding area, excellent hiking opportunities are available)

Day 13 (Th) Lalibela - Harar (by plane to Dire Dawa), 75 km/ ~2 hr

After a remarkable visit we leave Lalibela behind. Today we have two domestic flights to reach Harar. A transfer will take us to the airport, as our driver left already 2 days ago to be in time in Harar. A 45 minutes flight takes us to Addis Ababa and later that day a one hour flight takes us to Dire Dawa where our driver  is waiting for us to take us to Harar. This 55 km journey will take close to 1,5 hr. In Harar we check-in in our hotel.

Day 14 (Fr) Harar

The interior of a Harari houseThe walled city of Harar is a fascinating town to explore. We take you around through the maze like layout of this 4th holiest town of Islam. There are many mosques and shrines to discover and it is a lively town too. The Harari market is famous. In the evening we are going to see the Hyena man, feeding the hyena by hand. You dare to give it a try?

Day 15 (Sa) Harar - Awash NP,  315 km/ ~7 hr

First we are  traveling through mountainous and fertile area famous for its coffee and qat and later this day we reach the plains of the Rift Valley and Awash National Park. Late afternoon we go out for our first gamedive in de park.

Day 16 (Su) Awash NP

The Awash FallsThis is a day to explore Awash National Park. Game drives and walks are available to encounter the wildlife and enjoy the scenery. You are likely to see beisa oryx, kudu, defassa waterbuck, Soemmering's gazelle, warthog and baboon. The park is also a great place for birdwatchers.

(if you want to explore more of the park you might add another day)

Day 17 (Mo) Awash NP - Langano, 268 km/ ~4 hr

With a last gamedrive we leave the park behind for our next destination. En route we stop at Lake Ziway for some birdwatching. If you want we have the afternoon at leisure. However we would like to take you to Shala-Abiata National Park. These twin lakes offer great scenery and abundant birdlife. Overgrazing by cattle seriously damaged the area and few larger mammals are found nowadays, but it is still worth to visit.

Day 18 (Tu) Langano - Arba Minch,  306 km/ ~6 hr

We leave our resort at the lake not to late to have some time available to visit Senkele Game Sanctuary en route. Here we have a good chance to see the endemic Swayne's hartebeest and other savanne animals.

Day 19 (We) Arba Minch (visit Dorze and Nech Sar NP)

Boat trip on Lake Chamo In about one hour we travel the 28 km from Arba Minch at an altitude of 1400 m to the highland village of Dorze at 2600 m enjoying beautiful vistas over Lake Abaya and Lake Chamo on the way. We visit the Dorze people in their famous beehive like huts and see the preparation of their staple food made of  false banana. Of course we try their food. After a relaxing lunch we depart for a boat trip on Lake Chamo and have a good chance to come up close with most probably the biggest crocodiles you have ever seen. Many (water) birds and hippopotamus are also easily found.

Day 20 (Th) Arba Minch - Jinka, 241 km/ ~4,5 hr

Today we travel further south and traverse the areas where Konso, Tsamay, Banna and Ari people are living. We visit the Thursday market of Key Afar, one of the biggest in the region. Banna, Ari and Tsamay people travel from far to attend the market. A wide selection of goods and (fresh) produce is sold here and there is a cattle market. After visiting the market we proceed to Jinka.

Day 21 (Fr) Jinka (visit Mursi and Ari people)

Mursi mother with childToday we explore more of the area around Jinka. In the morning we travel into the Mago National Park on our way to probably the most well known people of the Omo Valley: the Mursi. Don't expect much game on this brief visit to the park. After about a 2 hour drive we reach one of the villages where the Mursi people are living.  We are heading back to Jinka for lunch and in the afternoon we visit the Ari people. A big contrast with the morning, Ari people adopted a more 'western' lifestyle and live on small compound where they grow a selection of crops.

Day 22 (Sa) Jinka - Turmi 125 km/ ~2,5 hr

This morning we first visit the museum at the South Omo Research Centre. Then we proceed to Dimeka where Saterday is market day. As at the other markets it gets going from the end of the morning. At the market we find mainly Hamar people but also Karo, Bashada and Banna travel here. After visiting the market we proceed to Turmi. During our stay in Turmi we might be lucky to witness an Evangadi dance or maybe even a Bulljumping ceremony.

Day 23 (Su) Turmi (visit Dassanech and Hamar people)

A Dassanech elder with clay capIn the morning we drive 72 km/ 1,5 hr to Omerate at the east bank of the Omo River. This is the area where the Dassanech people are living and we are going to cross the Omo River by local canoe to visit one of their villages. In the afternoon we have another chance to experience the Evangadi dance or the Bulljumping ceremony.



Day 24 (Mo) Turmi - Yabello, 296 km / ~5,5 hr

A Konso villageBefore we depart for Yabello we enjoy a walk around Turmi to explore the area on foot. When there's no water running in the Keske River (most of the time) we follow the riverbed and find almost certain the black and white colobus monkey and many birds. After the walk we start driving and we visit an Arbore village on the way.After lunch we visit the Konso people with their maze like villages and terraces for agriculture. They are also well known for their Waga stelae, grave markers for the brave and important men of this people. The cultural landscape of Konso is the youngest World Heritage Site of Ethiopia.

Day 25 (Tu) Yabello (visit 'singing well' and El Sod)

Singing well of Borana peopleWe are now in the heartland of the Borana people. Pastoralist who travel around with their camels and cattle. They are living in semi arid savanna and with their "singing wells" they provide water for de animals and themselves when water elsewhere is absent. You might be lucky to witness the chain of people bringing the water up, meanwhile singing to keep the spirits up. The crater of El Sod with a salt lake at the bottom offers great scenery and a challenging walk down (and up again) to see the harvesting process of the salt.

Day 26 (We) Yabello - Yirgalem, 262 km/ ~5 hr

Today we leave the semi arid savanna and enter the green and fertile hills where a lot of the famous Ethiopian coffee is grown. We stay at the Aregash Lodge in Yirgalem situated at a coffee plantation. The lodge is a fine example of an eco-lodge. The huts are build in the same style as the surrounding Sidamo people. Delicious organic, home grown, food is served in the restaurant. It is a great place for a relaxing afternoon although short walks are available.

Day 27 (Th) Yirgalem - Goba 274 km/ ~5 hr

The fishmarket in HawassaOn our way to the Bale Mountains we pass Hawassa where we visit the fishmarket. The headquarters of the Park are situated in Dinsho and after finalizing the formalities there we enjoy a beautiful walk in the surrounding area. Here we have a very good chance to see the endemic mountain nyala and Menelik's bushbuck. After the walk we proceed to Goba.

Day 28 (Fr) Goba (visit Bale Mountains NP)

The whole day is spent to explore the Bale Mountains. This is going to be a day of extraordinary scenery and of course we continue our search for endemic species of which many are found in this area. Among them the Ethiopian wolf and many birds.

(it is possible to add additional days in the Bale Mountains, for example to visit the Sof Omar Caves and the area offers great hiking)

Day 29 (Sa) Goba - Addis Ababa, 414 km/ ~8 hr

We are leaving the mountainous area behind and travel down to the bottom of the Rift Valley again by a different, very scenic road, via Asela. The last day of your unforgettable visit to Ethiopia brings us back to Addis Ababa. A hotel room for day-use is available in Addis. We say goodbye to dear friends with a visit to a cultural restaurant, enjoying the great Ethiopian food together with traditional music and dance from all over this fascinating country. After diner we take you to the airport for your flight back home.

(About 115 km (2,5 hr) before Addis Ababa we pass the hot spring resort  of Sodore which could make a nice relaxing overnight break if you have another day to spent)

What our customers say

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We are very proud to inform you what our clients say about us. Some testimonials are received by email, others are published on Tripadvisor or Facebook.


Cyril and Clement, 3 days Awash National Park, August '15 on Facebook and Tripadvisor:

Wonderful tour to Awash national park! Many thanks to Boundless Ethiopia for its perfect organisation!

Hi there ! Well there is just nothing to be added to the above. Boundless organized us a tailor made fantastic tour at a good price and Hans & Esayas were just great ! Cheers. Clement


Abigail (UK), 4 days Bale Mountains, July '15 on Facebook and Tripadvisor:

I booked a Bale Mountain tour with Hans and the logistics were handled in a swift and friendly manner. Unfortunately disaster struck and I had to travel back to the UK before I could take my tour. Hans is currently going out of his way to arrange a partial reimbursement, even though he doesn't have to, which is absolutely the sign of an an excellent and caring tour company. I highly recommend Boundless to you. Don't hesitate to book.

I wanted to leave a review for Hans and Boundless but I could only find this thread. I highly recommend Boundless. There are lots of tour operators running from Addis Ababa, of very varying quality. Save yourself time and effort and trust Boundless. You're in safe Hans!


John, Kate and Emma (GB), 14 days northern Ethiopia, March '15 on Tripadvisor:

My husband and I were planning a trip to Ethiopia with our adult daughter. Looking around for someone to advise us we noticed that Hans of Boundless Ethiopia, had been recommended by other Tripadvisor travellers. Concluding an excellent, trouble free 12 days in Northern Ethiopia organised by Hans, we appreciated those recommendations. Hans suggested an excellent itinerary, supplied careful, considerate drivers and knowledgeable guides and made all hotel and sightseeing arrangements. Everything went smoothly and Hans even met us at the hotel at the conclusion of our holiday to see if we had suggestions or comments. Boundless Ethiopia is a company which really cares about service and we were so pleased we used them.

I would also like to add my recommendation for Hans and Boundless Ethiopia. I traveled to Ethiopia with my parents in March 2015 and we spent two fantastic weeks exploring the Northern Circuit, bolting on an extra day in the Simien Mountains and two extra days trekking around Lalibela. As the reviewers above attest, Hans was incredibly helpful when organising the trip, and was happy to shuffle around the itinerary and hotel bookings several times to suit our needs. Our driver, Isaias, was a great companion on our trip - he was generally quite quiet, but very knowledgeable when asked. The local guides which we met at the different sites along the trip were also very impressive on the whole. Hans worked hard to ensure our trip went smoothly and was very keen to hear our feedback. We would certainly choose Boundless Ethiopia for a return trip to Ethiopia.


Martin and Marijke (BE), 15 days Northern Ethiopia, January '15 by email:

Hierbij wensen U hartelijk te bedanken voor de prachtige reis waarvan we in Januari 2015 hebben kunnen genieten. Zowel de flexibiliteit en creativiteit bij  het samenstellen van het programma, de perfecte organisatie ( drivers en gidsen)van de 15 daagse trip in het Noorden van het land en Harar ( een absolute aanrader), het persoonlijk contact met u beiden bij aankomst en vertrek, kunnen ons enkel doen besluiten dat Boundless Ethiopia een echte aanrader is voor het organiseren van een reis  naar Ethioipia.

Gavin (HK), 8 days Addis Ababa, Axum and Lalibela, August '14 on Tripadvisor:

We are a group of 3 persons from Hong Kong, just return from a one-week trip in Ethiopia. It is so helpful for Hans, the owner of Boundless Ethiopia Tour, to plan our trip before coming to Ethiopia. We visited Addis Ababa, Axum and Lalibella. The visit to both places are special interests to us. When in Axum, we have a chance to participate in the Maryam Tsion Procession which started early in the morning (5 a.m.)l. The guide gave us a very good explanation everything regarding the procession. We are so impressed by the devotion of the people in Axum in the ceremony.
Our visit to Lalibella is impressive. Our guide, Memekia, has a profound knowledge in the history and development of rock-hewn churches in Lalibella. Together with his warm hospitality, the trip is unforgettable!
For those thinking of visiting Ethiopia by themselves, Boundless Ethiopia Tours is highly recommended. The fees charged was reasonable and worth every dollars. Arrangements are within our expectation, and all the guides and drivers are not only friendly, but professional. It is especially kind for Hans to have dinner with us during our first night stay in Addis Ababa. He explained everything to us with patience and gave us a general understanding of the country.
Ethiopia is a great place to visit!


Thanasis (GR), 7 days Omo Valley, August  '14 on Tripadvisor in response to Natalie:

Thank you Londongal77 for your comment here since that it was the initial step for a Fantastic Trip in the heart of OMO Valley with ...Boundless Ethiopia! With this message I want to confirm and reboost all your comments about them.
Also I would like to comment that only Hans understood my needs (although I have communicated about 10 different agencies) about a Budget Tour due to the fact that we were only me and my wife participating on this and the cost of a 4x4 is not small for 2 pax only .All the others coudn't really downgrade from the Lodge Level at any of their services.
Closing I want to wish Hans a Good Luck and to say that one day I will be back with Boundless to cover the North Part that remained unexplored to me.
All the Best!


Nick (USA) 9 days Lalibela, Hudad and Tigray, February '14 by email:

I highly recommend booking your next tour to Ethiopia through Boundless Ethiopia! I worked with Hans to create a personalized 9 day itinerary that in my mind was the perfect combination of trekking and sightseeing.
Before I booked, I asked Hans dozens of questions. I found him to be knowledgeable, thoughtful and responsiveness. I especially appreciated that Hans met with me in person the day before the tour began in order to review the itinerary and provide advice. On the last day he met me in person at the airport so that I would have a chance to give feedback. It is clear he is dedicated to ensuring his customers have a wonderful experience.     
The tour itself was fantastic, primarily because Hans works with great local guides who are professional and service-oriented. Highlights of the itinerary included my stay at the Hudad ecolodge outside of Lalibela, visiting the family of my guide in a small village near Abune Joseph, and the exhilarating climbs to the rock-hewn churches in Gheralta, Tigray.   
It’s also worth noting that I reached out to a number of other tour operators prior to booking with Boundless Ethiopia. Despite the more personalized service I received from Hans, the prices of his tours were lower than or comparable to the quotes I obtained from other companies.    


Marc and Veronique (CA), 34 days Best of Ethiopia, December '13/ January '14 by email:

Cher Hans,
Un petit mot pour faire valoir à quel point nous avons apprécié notre séjour en Éthiopie.
Une organisation sans failles, un itinéraire fait sur mesure pour plaire à nos moindre désirs.
Un soucis constant de notre bien-être et qui plus est une disponibilité bienveillante.
Des guides locaux plus que compétents et attentifs à nos demandes.
Nous avons plus qu’apprécié notre chauffeur, attentionné, poli, ponctuel et soucieux de faire de notre séjour un souvenir mémorable.
Nous avons grandement savourer chaque instant de notre voyage et recommandons définitivement votre agence et notre chauffeur Yishak.
Mille merci!
Marc & Véronique
Québec, Canada


Philip and Rachel (UK), 15 days Historical route, November '13 on Tripadvisor:

Well I've just returned back from a glorious two weeks in Northern Ethiopia arranged by Boundless. I can report that Boundless were outstanding. The trip went like complete clockwork and the logistics of the trip were masterfully taken care of. The guides and particularly our driver were excellent, punctual, efficient, speaking good English and responsive to our requests.
Like others have reported, Hans met us in Addis at the beginning and end of our trip for an introductory dinner and a debrief respectively. Our itinerary took in the historical circuit, Bahir Dar, Gondor, Simien Mountains, Axum, Gheralta, Lalibela. We had an outstanding guide at Gheralta showing us the rock hewn churches. He had previously been a guide for film star Will Smith and had been on a guide for a local documentary on the churches!
We spent a long time prior to our trip discussing our itinerary with Hans via email and he proved to be very knowledgeable regarding festival and religious dates. For example, during our trip at Boundless suggestion, we got to take in the candle lit Lideta procession in Axum, market day in both Addis (the Mercato!) and Axum, we also got to see some morning services in Lalibela which really brought the place to life.
Also, in Lalibela we stayed for a few nights at the Hudad lodge which was suggested on the Boundless website. Its off the beaten track, in the sense that it is a four hour hike from Lalibela town, but is beautiful and a spectacular place to stay and interact with local people.
I believe Hans is very dedicated to his company and is striving to provide value and quality of service to his clients. Boundless are good value in my opinion, we did a private tour and it cost a fraction of what we would have paid booking, for example, through a UK based company. Also, at the end of the tour Hans was very keen to hear of any problems we may have encountered so that he could improve and refine future trips they offer. That to me spoke volumes. He really cares!
In summary, I would highly recommend Boundless Ethiopia. Booking with them was one of the best decisions I have made. I hope they keep up the high level of service and others get to enjoy Ethiopia with Boundless as we did.


Natalie and Claire (UK), 21 days North and south, October '13 on Tripadvisor:

Boundless Ethiopia Tours - I highly recommend!
I thought I’d post a review about Boundless Ethiopia Tours as I was so impressed by its service. It’s one of the few travel companies actually based in Ethiopia and Hans (the owner) really knows the country inside out.
He was so helpful when we were planning our trip – he answered so many questions and really wanted us to get the right itinerary for what we were looking to do. He got it spot on – we were very happy with our 3 week trip and felt that we got a great mix of history, tribes and fresh air (we did some walking in the Simien mountains and a TESFA trek).
We were particularly happy with our driver (Yet) – he was so efficient, kind and friendly and he really helped to make our trip special. You spend a lot of time together and I know Hans has picked his drivers with real care as they are his ambassadors after all.
On a price note – we thought that Boundless offered real value for money. We did a private trip (2 people) cheaper than going on a group holiday with multiple other people. For us it was bliss to have our own agenda and spend as much time at places as we wanted to etc. We’re both keen photographers so there was lots of stopping the car to take shots!
Do use them – I promise you won’t be disappointed and I think Hans deserves a successful business – he really cares and it shows!


Dave (UK), 12 days Historical route with trekking Simien Mountains, October '13 by email:

Hi Hans
I'm safely back in the UK, once again, thanks for organising such a memorable trip. Organisation was excellent, from putting together a tailor made itinerary via email to being met personally at the airport despite arriving late on a Sunday evening. Guides were knowledgable and friendly, and, for the most part, punctual. Ethiopia really is a fantastic country to explore, and I feel certain I will return, and will be in touch with Boundless when I do.
Let me know if you have any thoughts on promoting a running based tour package. My career at the moment is fairly broad, so promoting tour packages in the UK may be another string to my bow!
Oh, one last thing, Alex (Alum) took a picture of me riding across the river on the mule, a few seconds before I fell off! Be great to have a copy.
Hope business continues to do well.
Kind regards

Dave on Tripadvisor:

I visited Ethiopia in Oct 2013 as an 11 day stopover on my way back to the UK after working in Zimbabwe. I wanted to get the balance right between seeing plenty of the country and having some adventure but not spending the whole time on the move. I had minimal knowledge of the country but having given Hans an outline of my interests (some history, nature, trekking) he drafted several possible itineraries. He was very flexible and responded promptly to emails and I felt I was in good hands even before arriving in the country.
I was amazed and pleasantly surprised that Hans came to meet me in person at the airport late on a Sunday evening - I think this symbolises how much he cares and how hard he works. He was even able to give me some advice on things like going for an early morning run in Addis where I was able to run in Meskel Square with some of the top Ethiopian runners.
Guides and drivers were excellent, and flexible. The hotels used (I did the historical circuit plus hiking) in Bahir Dar, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Axum, Lalibela and back to Addis were all fine, and the sights throughout Ethiopia were just amazing - incredible scenery. I would say October is probably a good month to go as it is end of the rainy season and everywhere is v green, plus the Blue Nile Falls are in full flow. I would also take advantage of domestic flights if time is short which worked well for me.
I met with Hans for a debrief (and a beer!) at the end of the trip which again shows he cares and is keen to learn how to make trips as good as possible.
Having had experience of working in the travel industry myself, I'm certain that Ethiopia is not an easy place to organise tours, but Boundless Ethiopia are doing a very good job of it, and I would definitely recommend using them.


Geert en Annemiek (NL), 23 days North, south and Harar, July '13 by email:

Hallo Hans,
Hoe staat Het Leven & de Business?
En misschien heb je het ook al gelezen op Facebook.
Vandaag 3 korte en ultrakorte video's op YouTube gezet. Hieronder de links.
We denken nog vaak en met veel plezier terug aan onze reis.
Hebben ook al aardig wat collega's enthousiast gemaakt voor het land.
Maar in 1 opzicht is dat ook niet zo moeilijk, de beelden van woestijnen en hongersnood staat bij veel mensen in het geheugen gegrift.
Terwijl -gek genoeg- niemand die tijd bewust heeft meegemaakt omdat ze gewoon te jong zijn. Weird...
Hartelijke groeten,
Geert en Annemiek

Bull-jumping ceremony of the Hamar... (Short video of 3'30")
Bull-jumping is the final test for a boy before passing into adulthood and getting married. But it is also a very important event for the rest of the tribe, because it strenghtens all social ties. To me it was also a very playful event with lots of laughter and excitement.

Premier league Ethiopian style... After an already hectic day we landed in the small town of Sodo in South Ethiopia. In the early evening suddenly the town exploded with partying people. The local soccerteam has won the last game and therefore the promotion to the premier league of Ethiopia. Everyone happy and eager to share it with us.

Sundaymorning mass in Bet Maryam, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Magical moments during sun-up.


Tony (VN), 8 days Historical route by flight, July '13 by email:

Warmest greetings from Vietnam, Dear Hans!
It hard to forget beautiful memories of Ethiopia, thanks to your excellent service and kindest hands!
I hope you and your wife, your company are still doing very well there with the new tourist season.
By the way, could you kindly give me the email address of Elijah, the tour guide in Addis Ababa on 9 July? I want to thank him too for interesting information and faith sharing.
Again, my appreciation and best wishes!
Tony from Vietnam


Thomas (AT), 4 days Lalibela and Hudad, June '13) by email:

Dear Hans,
Sorry I did not get back to you earlier. I just arrived back in the US last night after a stopover in Austria. The tour was really excellent. Everything worked very smoothly and all the guides and drivers were extremely reliable, well trained, friendly and gave great info about the area and its people, history etc. I enjoyed greatly the half day tour in lalibela's churches and in particular the hike with derebe up to the lodge and the village. derebe is indeed a fantastic guide, young, agile, flexible, very well informed and with the heart on the right spot. The only thing you may want to consider is make clearer that the meals at the lodge are not included in the price as I got caught by surprise but luckily had enough cash.
I will definitely recommend your service!
All the best for you and your family and here some pics from my trip.


Laurie and family (USA), 16 days 'Roots' tour, March '13) by email:

We just wanted to say again.. Thank you so much for our tour. Let us know if we can help you promote your company. We would 100 percent use you again. I am attaching a few pictures from our journey.


Christine and Mike (UK), 4 days Bale Mountains National Park, February '13 by email:

Dear Hans,
In my view it all went very well, apart from the problem with the radiator pipe. The driver dealt with it really well, with typical improvisation, but a little more careful checking of the state of the vehicle before departure might be a good idea. (The puncture was unavoidable, no reason to complain about that.) Perhaps the driver could also be encouraged to stay a little more towards his own side of the road? I understand that driving in the middle is often the most convenient option, but driving on the left seemed uneccessary. Also, I'd rather get there a bit later and avoid the more aggressive overtaking manoevres. But I expect you hear that about all of the drivers you use, I had another driver a few days later who was very similar. Otherwise the driver was helpful, stopped when we wanted to, etc..
The local guide was knowledgable and observant, adapted nicely to our hiking pace and grasped our interests quickly.
The hotel was roughly as expected, they could use a little competition. You might want to warn people to make sure their immersion heater is turned on, ours were on initially but on the third evening we both found they had been turned off and the water was stone cold! It's a simple switch, the hotel staff must have done it to save electricity.

I would agree with Christine's comments.  It was an enjoyable trip that, apart from the minor mechanical mishaps went smoothly.  We very much appreciated your rapid and courteous responses to our enquires and your welcome at the airport.
We wish you every success with your business and would happily recommend your service.
Many thanks,

Yes, I forgot to say the most important thing, that it was a really memorable, enjoyable trip!


Denise and friends (NL), 3 days Awash National Park, January '13 by email:

Beste meneer van der Haar,
Heel erg bedankt voor de geweldige reis die we gehad hebben!
Alles was super geregeld: een goede en aardige chauffeur, een prachtige locatie om te overnachten en we hebben heel wat van het park kunnen zien. We hebben het ontzettend naar onze zin gehad en echt genoten!
Nogmaals, heel hartelijk dank!
Hartelijke groeten,


Bernard and Lieve (BE), 32 days Best of Ethiopia, December '12/ January '13 by email:

Hallo, Hans
Eindelijk nieuws van ons, zou je zeker denken. Sorry dat we zo laat terug contact opnemen, maar een paar dagen na ons terugkeer zijn we begonnen met de aankoop van een woning.
Beter laat dan nooit, zegt het spreekwoord.
Ten eerste moeten we je nogmaals bedanken voor het organiseren van onze reis, alles was perfect, volgens onze smaak op elk punt.
Yet was geweldig, maar uw  eerste Nederlandse klanten, die we in Agregash Lodge ontmoetten, vertelden ons dat hun driver ook geweldig was.
In attachement vind je enkele foto's van u met ons, van Mariam en van uw eerste klanten. Misschien kan je ze niet zien, daarom stuur ik ze  naar U ook via de Post.
Hoe is het met de kleine familie, die nu waarschijnlijk groter is geworden?
We hebben uw gegevens al aan mensen die geïnteresseerd zijn in Ethiopië, misschien neemt één van hen contact met U op.
We wensen het beste voor U en uw familie.
Lieve en Bernard


Margriet and Rien (NL), 27 days Best of Ethiopia, December '12 by email:

Just back as one of the first guests of Boundless Ethiopia Tours PLC.
It was our second trip and we had several special wishes.
An excellent trip was made for us. Everything was perfectly arranged.
Our driver was very experienced and knew a lot about nature. Local guides were also well skilled .
We recommend you all very highly Boundless Ethiopia Tours PLC .
Fam. de Wit (The Netherlands) 05-01-2013


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